Harkening back to my wish (on Ego’s site) for a modern “test of skill” to replace the Anathema/Benediction quest, and reminded by BRK’s most recent post on this, I decided I’d like to do my own. No, that’s not fair – I’d like to coordinate, but I’d like your help. I want to design a test for priests that is hard but not impossible, aimed at level 70s. I’m actually going to do two such tests — one for shadow, one for healpriests — because they are really different animals.
I would prefer avoiding something that becomes a snap if geared high enough, but at the same time I think the smart and geared priest should be at least somewhat rewarded for his or her, well, accomplishments.
I would like a range of things could be tested in one run if at all possible, though doing half a dozen tests is bearable.
And to the extent possible, I want coldly replicable tests. Which means that there’s no party work – or at worst there’s one party test which needs to be the same every single time. (sigh).
Finally, I want ALL the skills tested. Mind control, mind vision, down-graded heals (heal), sustained DPS (shadow), kiting…
I’m asking too much, maybe. On the other hand, I’ve got some ideas. And I’m definitely open for input. Let me kick off a few thoughts to spark your imagination…
- Part of the shadow test could be: solo clear the first room of non-heroic shadow labs. Yes, it’s doable – I’ve done it. It was ugly. The worst is those [censored] imps…
- I’d like to find an escort quest of fairly high difficulty where the healer can heal the escorted mob. “No player kills” being the standard, along (of course) with successful mission. And… do I allow MC here?
- I wish I dared have a party test where the healer kept everyone alive on a nasty “death-march” pull. Unfortunately this relies too much on the quality of the party, and I’ve become unhappy with rewards that are cake with a set of overgeared partymembers (or impossible without them). Help?
You get the idea. There’d be no real reward – not that you could prove. (screenshots? too easy to drop the party and do the shot, darnit — or forget to do it at the critical point as the case may be.) Maybe – maybe it could be used as a guild ‘test of quality’.
Just something that says, “I, with my skills and knowledge much more than my gear, have shown I know how to play my class.” Potions? ok. Enchants? sure. Food and drink buffs? why not. But… knowing how to use them… that’s the deal.
What would you put in the Challenge of Light?
What would you add to the Valley of Shadows challenge?